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Cold, snow arrive with New Year, but record storm unlikely

2014 will bring a winter blast to the Midwest, with some areas receiving nearly half a foot of fresh snow before the chilly weather heads East. NBC's Kevin Tibbles reports.

 

Revelers ringing in the new year in New York City faced raw temperatures as 2014 approached, but predictions that the Northeast would be hit with blizzards and record snowfall later this week have been toned down.

The worst of the New Year's Eve weather was in the Great Lakes, with subzero cold in Minnesota and some heavy snow bound for celebrations in Chicago and Detroit, which could get more than 6 inches.

Several cars were hit by huge chunks of falling ice on Maine's Penobscot Narrows Bridge. Johnny Mehler of NBC station WCHS of Portland, Maine, reports.

Parts of northern Illinois could see up to 8 inches of snow by Wednesday afternoon, and organizers canceled an annual New Year's Day canoe trip on the north branch of the Chicago River because of the freezing cold.

Up to 4 inches of snow could fall in Kansas, the mid-Mississippi Valley and the Ohio Valley, with a lighter dusting in Kentucky and northern Tennessee.

As 2013 was ushered out, Crane Lake, Minn., had a low temperature of 38 degrees below zero. Ski resorts in Duluth, Minn., closed because of the dangerous temperatures.

Within the first two hours of 2014 ET, more than 450 U.S. flights had been canceled, according to, according to FlightAware.

This was both in anticipation for the coming storm and a hangover from another system that hit the area over the weekend and canceled more than 200 flights at O’Hare on Sunday, Kevin Roth of The Weather Channel said.

Meanwhile, the storm might not be as bad as first forecast when it reaches the Northeast, according to Roth. He told NBC News the blizzard conditions and record snows predicted by some systems did not look set to materialize. Even so, a large swath of the Northeast was expected to get hit with some snow Thursday into Friday. 

Snow falling from a Wisconsin barn collapsed the roof of a neighboring silo room and critically injured the children who were playing inside. Courtney Everett of NBC station WEAU of Eau Claire reports.

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